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Filming in Taiwan

Martin Scorsese shot in Taiwan for his period drama Silence. He was reportedly alerted to Taiwan’s location filming possibilities by fellow filmmaker Ang Lee. Silence was supported by Taipei City Government and Taipei Film Commission.

Taipei got a recent profile boost from the international success of Luc Besson’s sci-fi action movie Lucy, which filmed partly on location in the Taiwanese capital.

Taipei offers a million-dollar completion fund for international productions filming in the city, as well as a USD500,000 incentive towards marketing costs. There are plans to launch an additional international film fund within the next three years.

Separate filming incentives are available from the central government.

The Taipei Film Commission assists productions and initiates local training programmes. Forming co-production agreements with countries in Europe and the US is also a strong focus for the commission – it already has a good relationship with France, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong – and these ventures could help build a more experienced local crew base
in Taipei.

Taiwan is still one of my most memorable productions thus far. Not only did we have a great team, but the country had so much to offer. It was a real adventure to shoot there.

Petek Sketcher, Photographer


Taiwan is warm all year round with a sub-tropical climate in the north and tropical climate in the south. The average annual temperature is 22C and the lowest temperatures range from 12C to 17C.

The spring season lasts from March to May and sees many flowers blooming in the mountains. The rainy season runs from April to May. Summers, from June to September, are usually hot and humid. Typhoons only reach the island occasionally.

During the autumn between October and November the weather is calm and cool. Short, mild winters last from December to February and see scattered snowfall on the peaks.

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